LEICESTER, Mass. — For the third year in a row, the Leicester Harvest Fair will feature a scarecrow contest hosted by Hope House, and residents are again invited to submit their most creative strawmen for this weekend's festivities.
Prizes will be awarded first, second and third best scarecrows, with the young men of Hope House to serve as judges.
Residents can also look forward to finding out who the Star of the Day Scarecrow will be — a surprise every year, according to Ruth Kaminski.
While not part of the competition, the special crow sits at the scarecrow booth the day of the event, and each year is made in the likeness of a different resident. Last year's star was a Leicester Police Chief Jim Hurley in his superhero outfit.
"Because he is our hero, is what we were trying to say," said Kaminski.
Kaminski is house mother to the young men of Hope House, a structured residential facility that provides individual care to substance-dependent young men between 18 and 24 through a supportive environment and intensive services.
The boys also do volunteer work around Leicester and help with the Leicester Recycling Center and Leicester Food Pantry.
The Harvest Fair festivities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Town Common on Saturday, Sept. 15.